DALLAS -- Because they're playing a San Antonio Spurs' team that's very explosive on offense, the Dallas Mavericks have stepped out of their comfort zone on the defensive end of the floor in this first-round playoff series.
And it's worked.
Even though the Spurs captured Game 1 of this best-of-seven series, they only scored 90 points in their five-point victory. Then in Game 2, the Mavs stymied the Spurs again on offense while walking away with a convincing 113-92 victory.
It marked just the third time all season that the Spurs were held to 92 points or less in consecutive games. The last time was Jan. 28-29 when the Spurs lost to Houston (97-90) and Chicago (96-86).
Although he's had to employ an unconventional scrambling and switching defense in order to keep the Spurs in-check, coach Rick Carlisle is impressed with the way his team has responded.
"We’re doing a lot of different things on defense that we don’t necessarily like to do because they’re such a great team,'' Carlisle said. "It’s a difficult task. It’s a very difficult task.''
The Spurs were sixth in the NBA in scoring this season with 105.4 points per game. They haven't come close to scoring that many in either of the two games in San Antonio, and the Mavs want to keep it that way when Game 3 is played Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.
"We’ve got to keep adjusting as the series goes along,'' Carlisle said. "The most important thing is they’re a team that keeps playing throughout possessions and they’ve hit us with a lot of points late in the shot clock and we've got to do a better job there.''
-- Dwain Price
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